Ty Alper

The ignoble history of the 3-drug death penalty cocktail

Ty Alper writes for Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2017

Arkansas’ version of the three-drug protocol is particularly troubling because the state does not even plan to use an anesthetic as the first drug. Instead, its protocol calls for midazolam, a sedative that cannot, at any dosage, render a person unconscious and insensate to pain and suffering.

Initiatives will improve criminal justice system

Ty Alper quoted by Daily Journal (registration required), Nov. 7, 2016

“It adds layers of bureaucracy to an already expensive and dysfunctional process,” said Alper. “By appointing unqualified counsel to represent people facing the death penalty, it risks injecting more mistakes into our capital punishment system.”

Why the execution drug shortage won’t go away

Ty Alper writes for Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2015

The problem facing states is more fundamental: They are seeking to impose the death penalty despite a global economic context in which much of the rest of the modern world abhors the practice. As long as that is the case, they are going to have problems finding pharmaceutical products to carry out executions.

2 incumbents vie for final school board seat

Ty Alper quoted in The Daily Californian, November 9, 2014

“As cliched as it sounds, it takes a real strong organized grassroots campaign, and I was fortunate that I was able to put that together,” Alper said. “I think Berkeley is a small community, and when you have a lot of people working in camp, you can reach a lot of people.”

2 candidates challenge incumbent slate for school board seats

Ty Alper quoted in The Daily Californian, November 2, 2014

“We have an opportunity in Berkeley that we don’t have in many other districts,” he said, “which is to better harness the resources at Cal, because we have this great research university in our backyard. As a faculty member, I’m excited about the new ideas I will bring to the table.”